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Behind Enemy Lines Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 30, 2001
Its hero is so reckless and its villains so incompetent that it's a showdown between a man begging to be shot, and an enemy that can't hit the side of a Bos-nian barn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
November 30, 2001
In many ways resembles a methodically played game one step removed from a real drama.
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Military thriller aims high and misses the barn door by a mile.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
December 7, 2001
While it's far from the worst B-movie action flick to come down the pike, I'd hardly consider that a strong endorsement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 21, 2001
Uncomplicated war movie with straight-ahead, MTV-style action mixed with simplistic politics.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 3, 2001
A piece of junk.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 29, 2001
Here, it's all about the people who are fighting, not about what they're fighting for, and nobody seems to care about justice or freedom.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
December 16, 2001
| Original Score: 3/10
Brian Orndorf
December 2, 2001
| Original Score: 0/10
Kit Bowen
June 29, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 30, 2001
Directed by first-timer John Moore on the strength of his work on a Sega game ad, which may tell you everything you need to know about its visual sense and narrative nonsense.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003
Behind Enemy Lines crosses into the ugly side of patriotism.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
December 2, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
November 27, 2001
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
November 29, 2001
...the American masses...seem to want our entertainment and our wars to be simplistic, expeditious, dangerously shortsighted, and goal-oriented to the point of tunnel vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
November 29, 2001
An unapologetic flag waving military action flick that just happens to suck really, really bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 24, 2002
Not even Hackman's typical self-assurance can save this stock military thriller.
| Original Score: 4/10
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 29, 2001
The Bosnian War becomes a video game, Gene Hackman turns into a pseudo-John Wayne, and Owen Wilson and Vladimir Mashkov impersonate The Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 29, 2001
All those arguments about how desensitizing video games are certainly apply here.
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